World-Class Coaching For British Army Table Tennis Players

Experienced British Army table tennis players and novices have been enjoying some world-class coaching from a former Olympian and Commonwealth Games medallist.

The Army is hoping that bringing in talent like Alison Broe at its Aldershot training camp will help to develop the skills of the record numbers of players from the ranks who are turning to the sport for its unique health benefits.

British Army table tennis coaching - Alison Broe

Table tennis is a discipline that can be quick to learn, but slow to master.

Now, there are around 300 million clubs devoted to it - and a record number of forces personnel are getting involved too.

British Army table tennis

Head Coach WO2 John McFaul was enthusiastic about the training camp's turnout:

"It's great for us to have someone of... [Alison Broe's] calibre here passing on her knowledge. It really adds to what we're trying to do."

"We have a broad spectrum of abilities, which is great. Their key focus is on participation, so I'm really encouraged to see that participation levels are on the increase."

The training week helps to identify players who could put on the Army colours and face the other two services. One potential candidate, Lance Corporal Chris Ward, said:

"Hopefully I can get more training. Things like the training course help a lot, as I don't usually get time to play in my regiment."

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